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Women scientists share passion for research

Female researchers from the University are to enthuse about their work at a free open-air event.

Photo of Dr Megan Davey of the Roslin Institute
Dr Megan Davey (image credit: Norrie Russell)

They are taking part in Soapbox Science, an international series of public speaking sessions.

Its aims are to enable the public to engage with scientists, and to raise the profile of women in the profession.

Public platform

Participants, including PhD students and senior researchers, will take turns to speak from a soapbox at the Galleries precinct on The Mound, Edinburgh, from 12 noon - 3pm on Sunday, 24 July.

The event is free to attend and not ticketed.

Gender bias

In the UK, women account for 35 per cent of PhD science graduates, but only 11 per cent of senior lecturers and less than 8 per cent of professors.

The UK has an annual shortfall of around 40,000 skilled workers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

One solution is to retain the women currently being lost from science.

Celebrating diversity

The 2016 Soapbox Science festival seeks to celebrate the diverse backgrounds of women scientists.

It does this through including speakers from different nationalities, those who started a scientific career late in life, and speakers with disabilities.

University of Edinburgh speakers include Professor Lynne Regan and Jessica Clark from the School of Biological Sciences and Dr Megan Davey of the Roslin Institute.

Also taking part are Dr Caroline Holmes and Dr Shaena Montanari of the School of GeoSciences and Sorcha Gilroy of the School of Informatics.

Dr Anne Pawsey and Katherine Rumble of the School of Physics and Astronomy will also share their experiences at the event.

Soapbox Science gives female scientists the much-needed boost to their visibility and profile they need to help achieve equality.

Dr Nathalie PettorelliSoapbox Science co-founder, Zoological Society of London

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